Voting on the First Lady

Reading the resumes of potential First Ladies Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain, mirrors the accomplishments (or lack thereof) of their husbands. While Michelle Obama has had some obvious success, Cindy McCain has done so much more for soo many people during her life. Lets look at the comparison:

Michelle Obama attended Princeton and Harvard where she majored in marketing and law. Upon graduation she went to work at a corporate law firm.

Cindy McCain attended USC where she received a Masters Degree in special education. After graduation, she turned down a cushy position at her family’s business in order to become a teacher for children with severe disabilities such as Down Syndrome.

In 1993,Michelle Obama founded Public Allies Chicago which provided young adults with leadership training for public service careers. As executive director, she headed up a non-profit named by President Bill Clinton as a model AmeriCorps program.

In 1988, inspired by a vacation visit four years earlier to substandard medical facilities on Truk Lagoon, Cindy McCain founded the American Voluntary Medical Team (AVMT). It was a non-profit organization that organized trips for doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel to provide MASH-like emergency medical care to disaster-struck or war-torn third-world areas such as Micronesia, Vietnam (before relations were normalized between them and the U.S.), Kuwait (arriving five days after the conclusion of the Gulf War), Zaire (to help refuges from the Rwandan genocide), Iraq, Nicaragua, India, Bangladesh and El Salvador. She led 55 of these missions over the next seven years, with each being of at least two weeks’ duration. AVMT also supplied treatment to poor sick children around the world. In 1993, Cindy McCain and the AVMT were honored with an award from Food for the Hungry.

In 1996, Michelle Obama joined the University of Chicago as associate dean of student services and established the University’s first community service program. She was named executive director of community and external affairs and served in that role until her 2005 appointment to her position at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

While at Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1991 — as part of AVMT’s assistance team following the 1991 Bangladesh cyclone — she met two infant girls she decided needed to be brought to the United States for medical treatment. She decided to adopt one of the girls (her husband readily agreeing), later named Bridget, and helped coordinate the adoption of the other little girl, named Mickey, for Wes Gullett, a family friend.

In 1989, Cindy McCain became addicted to Percocet and Vicodin, opioid painkillers, which she initially took to alleviate pain following two spinal surgeries for ruptured discs, and to ease emotional stress during the Keating Five affair. The addiction progressed to where she was taking upwards of twenty pills a day, and she resorted to having an AVMT physician write illegal prescriptions in the names of three AVMT employees without their knowledge. In 1992, her parents staged an intervention to force her to get help;she told her husband about her problem, attended a drug treatment facility, began outpatient sessions, and ended her three years of addiction. Surgery in 1993 resolved her back pain.

In April 2004 McCain suffered a near-fatal stroke caused by high blood pressure, although she was still able to attend some events. After several months of physical therapy to overcome her leg and arm limitations, she made a mostly full recovery, although she still suffers from some short-term memory loss and difficulties in writing.

While Michelle Obama’s charitable acts are nothing to sneeze at on their own, when compared to Cindy McCain’s word-wide scope and advocacy, there is just no adding up.

Cindy McCain has shown the same strength, compassion, and personal character that her husband embodies. Together, the McCains could usher in a new and amazing era in the White House. If nothing else, Cindy McCain gives us all one more reason to vote for McCain/ Palin in 2008!


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